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John Sapsford (UDip, BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MBACP)

Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE16

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor/psychotherapist and a registered member of the BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have many years of experience in providing pastoral care and I have worked with people from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds, men and women, young, middle aged and those who are older. I provide counselling services in Chatteris in Cambridgeshire although for the duration of the pandemic all sessions will be via Zoom or Skype.

Why counselling?

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, perhaps there is something that you need to talk over in a confidential, non-judgemental, supportive setting, perhaps a recent event has disturbed you, there may have been a loss of some kind or perhaps you feel that there is more deep seated issue that you would like to explore.

How does counselling help?

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you explore and understand your feelings and make sense of what is happening to you. Sometimes gaining this sense of clarity is enough.

If you have lost someone or some important part of your life it will be important to explore and express your feelings of loss so that the work of mourning can begin and eventually you can move on.

Sometimes people  find themselves repeating the same distressing pattern of behaviour but are unable to change. The cause of this often lies in the past.  Working together we can develop an understanding of the repeated behaviours and build a foundation for change.  To do this involves talking about difficult, painful feelings and initially, you may feel worse in some ways, before you start to feel better.

All of this work leads to a fuller more integrated sense of self, to greatly reduced distress and a greater sense of being able to cope.

What I provide

I provide both short-term counselling and longer term psychotherapy. Sessions are supportive, non-judgemental and confidential.  They last for 50 minutes and are weekly, usually at the same time. I am currently available 4.30-9.00pm on Thursdays only. There is off-road parking and wheelchair access.

What to expect

I provide a free 30 minute telephone consultation in which we can explore your concerns. Then
in the first session we will explore your needs, whether we can work effectively together and plan the duration and type of the counselling and timing of reviews.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications and training

MA Contemporary and Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire,
BSc (Hons) in Psychology
University Diploma in Counselling.
I am a registered member of the BACP.

I also have training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Hertfordshire Recovery and Integration, Training and Education service.

My experience

I have experience working with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, ageing and ill-health, Boarding School Syndrome, loss of purpose, loss and bereavement, relationship and infidelity, disability, carer's issues, confidence and self esteem, masculinity and men’s issues, identity and meaning.

In addition to my private practice I have worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist for Inclusion - the addiction agency, Lifecraft -a mental health agency and MIND in Mid-Herts.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School Syndrome, anxiety, relationship issues, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, addiction(s), depression, family issues, phobias, affairs and betrayals, bipolar disorder/manic depression, separation and divorce, postnatal depression, cross cultural relationships, abuse, bereavement, anger management, personality disorders, alcoholism, attachment disorder, emotional abuse, gambling, abortion, drug abuse, binge-eating disorder, low self esteem, Asperger's syndrome, internet addiction, physical abuse, low self-confidence, stress

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Sessions are £55 for a 50-minute session and
Some discounted spaces available depending on circumstances


I am in ther process of retiring so will not be able to take any more clients.

Further information

Off-road parking and wheelchair access is available in both locations.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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John Sapsford (UDip, BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MBACP)

John Sapsford (UDip, BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MBACP)